Biden calls on nation to ban assault weapons in a speech


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“We need to ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines. And if we can’t ban assault weapons, we should raise the age to buy them from 18 to 21.”

US President Joe Biden.
US President Joe Biden.Ivan VucciAP
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President of the United States of America, Joe Biden, In a speech to the nation this Thursday, he called for a ban on assault weapons and high-capacity chargers.

“We need to ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines. And if we can’t ban assault weapons, we should To buy them, raise the age from 18 to 21 years”, Biden said in a prime time speech and while the nation is still in shock over the May 24 massacre at the Uvalde (Texas) school that killed 19 children and two teachers.

In a speech of about 20 minutes in which he repeated over and over: “It’s enough”, Following the recent shootings in Uvalde, Buffalo (New York) and Tulsa (Oklahoma), Biden launched a series of petitions to legislators to take concrete measures to control weapons in the country.

In particular, I request that you also strengthen background checks For potential buyers, that legislation should be implemented to guarantee the safe storage of weapons and to repeal the immunity protecting weapons manufacturers.

“How many more butcher shops are we willing to accept? How many more innocent American lives must be taken before we can say that?” he emphasized in a speech that, at times, got emotional.

According to Biden, the survivors of the massacre have a message for politicians: “Do something, just do something, for God’s sake, do something, because after Columbine, after Sandy Hook, after Charleston, after Orlando, After Las Vegas (.. nothing has been done,” Biden said in reference to the main massacres in the country in recent years.

Located at the end of a red carpet and made up of a hallway 56 lit candles To represent victims of shootings in United States states and territories, Biden stressed that the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, on the right to arms, “is not absolute, like all other rights.”

“It’s not about taking away anyone’s rights. It’s about protecting children, protecting families. It’s about protecting entire communities. It’s about protecting our freedom to go to school. is about to go to a grocery store, to a church. without being shot, Biden said.

His speech coincides with talks nine Republican senators and a group of Democrats have been attending since last week to try to agree on it. firearms control measures So that he can get the support of MLAs of both the parties.

The measures would be far more modest than the weapons of assault ban supported by most Democrats, including Biden, and would focus on strengthen security in schools and funding for mental health programs, both Republicans require.

They want to expand background checks for firearms purchases and encourage states to pass laws that allow them to enforce the law. arms confiscated of persons considered dangerous.

Exactly this Thursday the Judicial Committee of the House of Representatives—the lower house of Congress—is debating a series of collected arms control measures under the headline. Act to protect our children.

want to introduce measures a limit of ten tablets per shipper, Raise the minimum age to purchase a semi-automatic rifle from 18 to 21, and encourage states to pass gun confiscation laws.

they also seek limit the use of “ghost weapons”, They can be bought in parts online and then assembled at home, leaving them untraceable because they don’t have a serial number.

The debate over the measure has seen most House Republicans condemn any attempt to limit Americans’ ability to buy firearms, often repeating the typical conservative message that “The only thing that stops a bad man with a gun is a good man with a gun.”

The entire House of Representatives, where Democrats have a majority, is expected to debate this package of measures next week.

New York raises the minimum age to purchase a semi-automatic weapon to 21. Of

New York state lawmakers approved Thursday new law Raising the minimum age for purchasing a semi-automatic weapon from 18 to 21, as part of a package to increase gun control.

“Our nation-leading gun legal package has just passed both houses. New York is taking swift action to strengthen safety warning laws, plug loopholes, and protect communities,” she wrote in a brief message. written in Governor, Kathy Hochul, You must sign the law for it to take effect.

new law too Prohibition on sale of ammunition passing through bulletproof vests And the so-called “red flag” modifies the law, to identify people who may ultimately cause harm to themselves or others if they have weapons.

This is how New York becomes The first state in the country to ban the purchase of arms Following the Uvalde shootings and the recent massacres in Buffalo (New York) and Tulsa (Oklahoma).

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